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AC Milan replaces Vincenzo Montella with Gennaro Gattuso

By Andrew Dampf, Associated Press In the end, Vincenzo Montella became a victim of the heightened expectations at AC Milan. When a club spends more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason, six wins in 14 matches and seventh place in the standings are simply not enough. Unable to produce inspiring results with a completely revamped squad, Montella was fired as coach of AC Milan on Monday and replaced by Gennaro Gattuso. "We all raised expectations a little too much in the summer but the fault lies only with the coach," Montella said. "These players deserve much more and I'm sure that they'll be able to emerge from this difficult period." Milan has won only two of its past nine matches and has as many losses — six — as wins. The Rossoneri have been beaten by Lazio, Roma, Inter, Juventus and Napoli — the top five teams in the standings. "Coaching Milan was an honor, and working with this team was even better," Montella wrote on Twitter. "I hope Rino can restore Milan to where it belongs." The move came a day after a dispiriting 0-0 draw at home with Torino. Milan announced in a statement that it had "parted ways" with Montella. "We are very grateful to Mr. Montella and his staff for all the work done up to today, their commitment and professionalism," the club said. "Management of the first team is entrusted to Gennaro Gattuso." A seven-time European champion, Milan is also facing financial fair play inquiries from UEFA after an offseason spending spree brought in an entire squad's worth of new players. There have been questions over the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased Milan from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April. The club needs a top-four finish and a place in the Champions League to acquire more cash flow. Gattuso, a gritty midfielder who had been in charge of the club's youth squad, won the 2003 and 2007 Champions League titles with Milan as a player. The 39-year-old Gattuso also previously coached Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete and Pisa. Gattuso, who also helped Italy win the 2006 World Cup title, was known for his intensity and relentlessness on the field — qualities the current Milan squad has lacked. After the appointment, Berlusconi tweeted that he had a "long and affectionate and cordial phone call with my old warrior Rino Gattuso." Gattuso becomes Milan's seventh coach (including caretakers) since now-Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri was fired in January 2014. Montella was hired in June 2016 and led Milan to a sixth-place finish and a Europa League spot last season — ending a drought of three years without playing in continental competition. Milan opened the season by winning all four of its Europa League qualifying matches and its first two Serie A games. Then a 4-1 loss at Lazio showed how vulnerable the squad was. Leonardo Bonucci, Italy's top defender who was brought in from Juventus during the offseason, has had a difficult start with his new club and the big group of new players has failed to gel. The other new players brought in were forwards Andre Silva (FC Porto) and Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina); midfielders Franck Kessie, Andrea Conti (Atalanta), Hakan Calhanoglu (Bayer Leverkusen) and Lucas Biglia (Lazio); and defenders Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg) and Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal). Milan's few highlights this season have come in the Europa League, including a 5-1 rout of Austria Vienna last week that ensured a spot in the knockout stage. Montella's biggest achievement with Milan was winning the Italian Super Cup over Juventus in a penalty shootout in December 2016. Gattuso's debut will come at last-place Benevento on Sunday. He will be presented on Tuesday. Also, Cristian Bucchi was fired by Sassuolo on Monday, making it six firings in Serie A this season after changes by Cagliari, Benevento, Genoa and Udinese......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnNov 28th, 2017

Gattuso looking to bring team spirit back to AC Milan

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press CARNAGO, Italy (AP) — Known for his intensity and relentlessness on the field, Gennaro Gattuso is hoping to bring that same attitude back to AC Milan as coach. Gattuso was a gritty midfielder who helped Milan to two Serie A titles and two Champions League trophies. He also won the World Cup with Italy in 2006. The 39-year-old Gattuso has replaced Vincenzo Montella as coach. Montella was fired on Monday after winning only six of Milan's 14 league matches despite spending more than 200 million euros (nearly $250 million) on new players in the offseason. "I think this team can do a lot more," Gattuso said Tuesday at Milanello, the club's training ground. "We need to become a team, we have to go onto the field as a group ... we need a battlefield spirit but there is talent." Gattuso had that spirit when he was a player, but he won't be playing now. "I think it's reductive to keep talking about Gattuso as a player," he said. "The spirit and never-say-die attitude has stayed with me. I never want to lose even playing table football against my son, that's always there. "But I studied to become a coach, they didn't gift me my license. You don't prepare for matches just with heart and determination ... you also need to work on the physical condition and technical and tactical preparation." Milan's first match under Gattuso will be on Sunday at Benevento, which has yet to earn a point this season. Milan is in seventh place in Serie A and 11 points behind fourth-place Roma, which occupies the last qualifying berth for the Champions League. "I have to think about Benevento as if it's the World Cup final," Gattuso said. Gattuso, who has never coached in the top division, previously coached at Sion, Palermo, OFI Crete and Pisa. He resigned from OFI — twice — with the club in financial difficulty and unable to pay wages. He also struggled with poor working conditions at Pisa. Milan is facing financial fair play inquiries from UEFA because of its spending spree, while there have been questions about the financial stability of the Chinese-led consortium that purchased the club from Silvio Berlusconi for $800 million in April. "I have heard it said that the club has problems but the wages for the players arrive punctually," Gattuso said. "I love my job, I do it with great passion. It gives me a lot of adrenaline. For me the dream continues. It's a privilege to coach a team like this.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Donnarumma in tears after Milan fans jeer him

By Daniella Matar, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A visibly shaken Gianluigi Donnarumma was comforted by AC Milan teammate Leonardo Bonucci as insults poured down on the teenage goalkeeper from the fans. And that was only the warmup. Donnarumma has swiftly gone from being one of Milan's most adored players to its most hated. After a protracted saga appeared to be settled in the offseason by Donnarumma signing a contract until 2021, speculation over his future has started again and supporters have had enough. Despite the new deal being worth 6 million euros ($7 million) a year and including the signing of his older brother as Milan's third-choice goalkeeper, Donnarumma and his agent, Mino Raiola, are reportedly looking to annul the contract because he felt pressure to agree to it. Before Wednesday's Italian Cup victory over Hellas Verona, fans unveiled a giant banner saying: "Moral abuse, 6 million a year and the signing of a parasite brother? Now go, our patience is finished." There were jeers ahead of the kick-off when the 18-year-old Donnarumma's name was read out, and shouts for him to leave. He was in tears as he was comforted by Bonucci. Donnarumma had to play the first half below the giant banner and his every touch was greeted with boos.   E’ stata una brutta serata e non me l'aspettavo ! Non ho mai detto ne scritto di aver subito violenza morale quando ho firmato il contratto. Nonostante tutto guardo avanti e testa alla prossima partita..forza milan!🔴⚫️ A post shared by Gianluigi Donnarumma (@gigiodonna99) on Dec 14, 2017 at 11:30am PST "It was an awful night that I didn't expect!" Donnarumma wrote on Instagram on Thursday. "I never said nor wrote that I had suffered psychological pressure when I signed the contract. Despite everything I am looking forward and have my mind on the next game ... Forza Milan!" Milan, which is seventh in the standings, plays Verona again in Serie A on Sunday. "Of course he's upset, he's only 18," Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso said after Wednesday's match. "For the age that he is, there's no doubt that he will become the best goalkeeper in the world, but he's not calm and it can't be easy to go out on the pitch and be criticized by your own fans. I can only say that while he is with me he will always have my total protection. "They're turning a lad of 18 into a monster. And he doesn't deserve it, he has incredible values. Luckily this was a match where there weren't many people (about 9,000). Imagine how difficult it would have been with 50-60,000." It's not the first time Donnarumma has faced insults from the stands. He had fake money thrown at him during Italy's Under-21 European Championship opener against Denmark in June after it was announced he would not be renewing his contract, while a banner emblazoned with "Dollarumma" was also displayed. "We understand the fans but I ask them to boo our opponents and not our players," Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said. "Gigio is a young lad and he's not entirely at fault, he loves Milan and one day he will understand what's good and what's bad. "He needs to be supported and the club will do so because he is an asset. We know where the evil comes from and we hope to resolve this problem in the next few months." Mirabelli said Milan "has no intention of selling Donnarumma" and criticized Raiola. "I don't have any plans to meet with Raiola. I don't have anything to say to him," Mirabelli said. "There's a man who is trying to damage our image but he is becoming more a showman than anything else. We laugh about it, but he won't get away with it. "Gigio has never said he wants to leave, otherwise he would never have signed through to 2021. There's someone who is trying to organize something deliberately, but we will look out for Milan's interests in every arena." Donnarumma has been playing for Milan since October 2015, when he became the youngest goalkeeper to start a Serie A match, at the age of 16 years, 8 months, 6 days. He has made four senior Italy appearances and is likely to take over as the No. 1 after Gianluigi Buffon retired from international duty following the Azzurri's failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

Madrid wins with Ronaldo rested for Champions League semis

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid rested Cristiano Ronaldo and other regulars for the Champions League and still got the win it needed to stay in contention for second place in the Spanish league. Gareth Bale and Borja Mayoral scored first-half goals as Madrid defeated Leganes 2-1 on Saturday to move within a point of second-place Atletico Madrid, which plays at Alaves on Sunday. Ronaldo and captain Sergio Ramos weren't included for the match at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, while Marcelo, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez stayed on the bench. Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 2-1 in Germany last week to take the edge going into Tuesday's second leg of the Champions League semifinals at the Bernabeu. Madrid is trying to return to the European final for the fourth time in five seasons. Bale and Karim Benzema, who didn't start in the first leg against Bayern, were in the lineup against Leganes. Casemiro was the only player to start in both matches. "I'm happy with the attitude of my players, it was exemplary," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "The first half was phenomenal." Darko Brasanac scored midway through the second half for Leganes, which earlier this season eliminated Madrid in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. The southern Madrid club dropped to 16th in the 20-team standings and is not fully clear of relegation with three matches left. Leganes midfielder Gabriel Pires was sent off in injury time. Barcelona needs a draw at relegation-threatened Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday to win its third La Liga in four seasons. "We can't be happy with how things unfolded in La Liga," Zidane said. "We lost too many points in the beginning." Madrid has a game in hand, at Sevilla. Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella was fired on Saturday because of poor results, and replaced by Joaquin Caparros, who coached the team in the early 2000s. VILLARREAL WINS Villarreal strengthened its grip on sixth place and a Europa League spot by defeating Celta Vigo 4-1 at home thanks to a first-half hat trick by Carlos Bacca. The win gave Villarreal a six-point gap to seventh-place Sevilla, which holds the final Europa berth. Villarreal is two points behind fifth-place Real Betis, which hosts last-place Malaga on Monday. Villarreal has a game in hand, at Barcelona. BASQUE DERBY Real Sociedad defeated Basque Country rival Athletic Bilbao 3-1 to keep alive its chances of earning a Europa League spot. The host took advantage of two own-goals by Athletic defender Mikel San Jose. Mikel Oyarzabal also scored for Sociedad, while Raul Garcia put Athletic on the board by converting a second-half penalty kick when his team already trailed by three goals. Sociedad midfielder Ruben Pardo was sent off near the end only a few minutes after being substituted in. Sociedad moved to 10th place, two points from Sevilla in the Europa League qualification zone. ESPANYOL DRAWS Espanyol was unable to secure its salvation after being held at home by already relegated Las Palmas 1-1. A victory would have been enough for Espanyol to stay in the first division, but it needs to hope Deportivo La Coruna loses points against leader Barcelona at home on Sunday to be able to guarantee its salvation this weekend. Espanyol is 12 points in front of Clarence Seedorf's Deportivo, the first team inside the relegation zone. There will be three rounds left after this weekend. Espanyol is winless in seven games and had lost four in a row entering the weekend......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Sevilla hopes big-match experience counts vs Bayern in CL

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Faring well against some of Europe's top teams has given Sevilla confidence of matching Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals. Sevilla eliminated Manchester United in the last 16 and was a few minutes away from defeating Barcelona in the Spanish league last weekend. The Spanish club hosts five-time European champion Bayern on Tuesday in the first leg at Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. "We are getting used to playing these high-profile matches every three days," Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella said on Monday. "It helps us become better and maximize the talent that we have." Sevilla got past United 2-1 on aggregate, drawing at home and winning in Manchester. On Saturday, it was comfortably defeating Spanish league leader Barcelona 2-0 until the 88th minute, when Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi scored to salvage a 2-2 draw. "They are different matches, but Bayern and Barcelona have the same game philosophy," Sevilla midfielder Pablo Sarabia said. "We will need to play with intensity and be very efficient. We will rely on our own weapons and in the end we will see if that's enough to eliminate Bayern and advance." Bayern, in the quarterfinals for the ninth time in 10 seasons and coming off a 6-0 rout of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, was not taking Sevilla lightly despite being considered the clear favorite. "The best example to back up what I think of the danger Sevilla can pose to us is its performance against Barcelona on Saturday," Bayern defender Javi Martinez said. "Sevilla's rise in recent seasons has been meteoric. Sevilla is one of the most dangerous rivals we could have been drawn against." Sevilla is trying to establish itself as a major player in the Champions League after winning the Europa League three times in the last four seasons. It is in the last eight for the first time in nearly 60 years. Last year, it was eliminated in the last 16 by Leicester. "We can learn a lot from what happened last season," Sarabia said. "We played a great match against Leicester in our stadium but we didn't capitalize on the many chances we created. We ended paying for that in the return match in England." Montella won't be able to count on suspended midfielder Ever Banega on Tuesday, while Heynckes will likely have midfielder Arturo Vidal available following an unspecified muscle injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Donnarumma replaces Buffon

MILAN: AC Milan’s Gianluigi Donnarumma wrote his name into Italian football history books on Thursday (Friday in Manila) by becoming the youngest goalkeeper to play for the Azzurri. Donnarumma, 17, replaced Juventus legend Gianluigi Buffon for the .....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2016

A Soulful Road Trip

I have been involved with Slow Food based in Bra near Milan and in Terra Madre which happens every other year in Turin, but I have not visited the southern towns of Italy for some time. From central Rome down to Pietralcina and up to Florence, there are places I have skipped in past visits to the sunniest place in Europe. But first, let’s report to the Vatican......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Perisic hails ‘dream’ goal as Croatia reach final

Moscow, Russia — Ivan Perisic said his equalizer that helped Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time and reach the World Cup final was a goal that “he could only dream of” as a child. The Inter Milan winger poked home a cross from Sime Vrsaljko to haul Croatia level midway… link: Perisic hails ‘dream’ goal as Croatia reach final.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Perisic hails ‘dream’ goal as Croatia reach final

Moscow, Russia — Ivan Perisic said his equaliZer that helped Croatia come from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time and reach the World Cup final was a goal that “he could only dream of” as a child. The Inter Milan winger poked home a cross from Sime Vrsaljko to haul Croatia level midway […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Italy to bid for 2026 Olympics with Cortina, Milan or Turin

MILAN (AP) — Italy will bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics despite having withdrawn two bids to host the Summer Games in Rome. The Italian Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that Cortina, Milan, and Turin have put themselves forward and the bid city will be decided on at its next meeting, on Aug. 1 or Sept. 10. An evaluation committee of 11 people, including the president of the Italian ski federation and a CONI vice president, will carry out feasibility studies and draw up a report for the board. Two years ago, Italy was forced to suspend Rome's bid for the 2024 Olympics because of the staunch opposition of the city's mayor. It was the second time in four years a Rome bid was withdrawn or suspended. In 2012, then-premier Mario Monti scrapped the city's bid for the 2020 Olympics because of financial concerns......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Duterte to sign Bangsamoro bill into law during SONA, Congress leaders say

THE proposed Bangsamoro Basic law (BBL) — a measure that abolishes the existing Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and replaces it with Bangsamoro Region – is constitutional and will be signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte during his third State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 23, members of Congress said on Monday. Senate [...] The post Duterte to sign Bangsamoro bill into law during SONA, Congress leaders say appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Maika Ortiz replaces Rhea Dimaculangan in Asian Games reserve list

  MANILA, Philippines – Middle blocker Maika Ortiz was chosen to fill in the void left by Rhea Dimaculangan in the 2018 Asian Games 14-woman lineup of the Philippine volleyball team. “Ang kasama namin sa reserve is si Maika Ortiz. Siya na lang yung nilagay namin diyan sa 14,” said head ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Denmark goalkeeper gets one-upped in World Cup shootout

By Stephen Wade, Associated Press NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Despite saving three penalties, Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel got one-upped in the shootout. Schmeichel first saved a penalty from Croatia playmaker Luka Modric late in extra time to force Sunday's match to a shootout. He then saved two more spot kicks, but it was Croatia that advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals. "It's a strange feeling," Schmeichel said. "Huge disappointment but also enormous pride about our team. I think today we had the opportunity." The match ended in a 1-1 draw. Croatia keeper Danijel Subasic then set a tournament record by saving three penalties in the shootout, which Croatia won 3-2. Schmeichel and Subasic stopped five spot kicks combined, a record in a World Cup shootout and one of the greatest goalkeeping displays in tournament history. "He saved three penalties in a shootout," Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic said of his goalkeeper. "'You don't see that every day." Schmeichel's first penalty save came in the 116th minute when he dived to his left to smother the attempt from Modric. He later saved spot kicks from Milan Badelj and Josip Pivaric. "I'm sorry for Kasper and the whole team," Denmark coach Age Hareide said. "That's just the brutality of football." Schmeichel was playing with his famous father in the stadium, the pain and joy on Peter Schmeichel's face flashing on the giant TV screen as he watched his son play. He jumped up and down after each penalty save. The elder Schmeichel, who played for Manchester United, was in goal when Denmark beat the Netherlands in a penalty shootout in the semifinals of the 1992 European Championship. Denmark went on to win that title. The current Denmark goalkeeper, who does not like to be compared to his famous father, said it was difficult to accept the result. "There are many emotions right now," said Schmeichel, who won the Premier League title with Leicester in 2016. Schmeichel said he seldom practices penalties because it's impossible to replicate the pressure and adrenalin in practice. "Pressure does something to players and people and it's natural," Schmeichel said. "I've played a lot of games and today with the penalties I went with my intuition, what I felt in the moment. That was unfortunately not enough in the end.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2018

New suspect in Fr Nilo case, Canada trash, ASIMO | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: A regional trial court in Cabanatuan City orders the release of Adell Milan . The Office of the Ombudsman orders the suspension of an environment undersecretary for the controversial shipment of container vans of trash from Canada in 2013. The Philippines retains its Tier 1 status in the United States’ 2018 Trafficking ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 29th, 2018

Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup

    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia --- Fielding a side filled with reserves, Croatia ended Iceland's first ever World Cup run with a 2-1 win in Rostov-on-Don.   Milan Badelj crashed a volley against the bar, and moments later scored for Croatia in the 53rd minute, sprinting into the area to fire a bouncing shot past goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.   Croatia playmaker Luka Modric led the already-qualified Croats for 65 minutes before being taken off, as his team remained in low-gear for most of the match to contain the Icelanders who had needed a win to hope for a place in the last 16.   Iceland equalized with a penalty shot taken by Gylfi Sigurd...Keep on reading: Croatia reserves halt hard-fighting Iceland 2-1 at World Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw with Senegal at World Cup

YEKATERINBURG, Russia --- Senegal twice took the lead. Japan tied it up both times. Keisuke Honda came off the bench in the second half and scored in the 78th minute, giving the Japanese a 2-2 draw with Senegal on Sunday at the World Cup. The 32-year-old Honda, a former AC Milan forward, became the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups. The draw keeps the two teams at the top of Group H ahead of their final matches. Sadio Mane gave Senegal the lead in the 11th minute with his first World Cup goal. Moussa Wague crossed from the right, but Genki Haraguchi failed to properly clear the ball. Youssouf Sabaly then sent a shot toward goal that Eiji Kawashima was unable to co...Keep on reading: Honda goal gives Japan a 2-2 draw with Senegal at World Cup.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

We only want real justice for Fr Richmond Nilo

MANILA, Philippines – Diocese of Cabanatuan Vicar General Noel Jetajobe said they only want “real justice” for slain priest Richmond Nilo .  This comes after the family of the suspect in the killing, Adell Milan, said that the Philippine National Police got the wrong guy . Nilo was shot to death on Sunday, June 10, by gunmen on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Prime suspect arrested in murder of Philippines priest

According to media reports, the suspect, Adell Roll Milan, was identified by an altar boy who had been preparing to help Fr. Nilo celebrate Mass on June 10, when two unidentified gunmen........»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

Suspect in priest’s killing nabbed

POLICE arrested the alleged gunman in last Sunday’s slaying of Catholic priest Fr. Richmond Nilo in a chapel in Zaragosa, Nueva Ecija. Suspect Adell Roll Milan, 26, was tracked down in his hiding place in Bgy. Malapit, San Isidro, Nueva Ecija at 6:30 pm. on Thursday by members of the….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Suspect in priest slaying arrested

POLICE have arrested the suspected killer of Nueva Ecija priest Fr. Richmond Nilo after an alter boy identified him as the gunman. Adell Roll Milan was arrested in Barangay Malapit in San Isidro town Thursday evening, said the Police Regional Office 3. The arrest of Milan came after Malacanang heeded appeals from the Catholic Church […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018

Gunman behind killing of Nueva Ecija priest nabbed

THE prime suspect behind the killing of Fr. Richmond Nilo in Nueva Ecija was arrested on Thursday, Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Oscar Albayalde said on Friday. Albayalde identified the suspect as Adell Roll Milan in Barangay Malapit, San Isidro. He was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Albayalde said that an altar boy positively identified Milan. [...] The post Gunman behind killing of Nueva Ecija priest nabbed appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJun 15th, 2018